Launch Summer Accelerator

Use your summer with purpose.

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Apply to the Launch Summer Accelerator, an 8-week program that gives you the tools you need to accelerate your venture.

How does the program work?

Internship cancelled? Stuck at home? Worried about losing traction? You can still make progress on your venture or idea this summer by joining us for this virtual experience, which will provide you the content, contacts and coaching you need to move forward.

Selected teams will meet regularly during the week to work on and launch their venture. Teams will have access to:

  • Techstars national resources
  • Mentorship
  • Industry leader expertise
  • Founder roundtables with your cohort
  • Workshops - and more!

Teams that meet program requirements will also have the opportunity to compete for prize money at the end of the summer.

Don't have a venture, but still interested in using your summer with purpose? Apply as a free-agent and work with a team!

What's my time commitment?

Teams must commit to the full duration of the program; Summer 2021 dates will be announced in Spring 2021. 

Selected teams should expect to spend about 1.5 hours per week on virtual program calls and another 10-15 hours working on their venture.

Who can apply?

UB Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars is proud to host a new summer accelerator for undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent grads from the 2019-2020 academic year.

We also welcome students from other SUNY institutions or Blackstone LaunchPad campuses to apply.

Full eligibility, details and application will be announced Spring 2021.